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(Generic alternative to Purinethol)

Formulation : Tablet

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What is Purinethol /Mercaptopurine used for?

Purinethol is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of certain leukemic cancers. This medication works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells in order to slow down their growth and spread in the body.

How should Purinethol /Mercaptopurine be stored?

Purinethol should be stored at room temperature. Purinethol should additionally be kept in an area that is protected from moisture and heat.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Purinethol/Mercaptopurine ?

Purinethol is a prescription medication that should be taken exactly as your doctor has prescribed for you. When taking Purinethol, follow the directions on your prescription. If your prescription is unclear or confusing, contact your healthcare provider for further clarification and instruction. Purinethol tablets should be consumed orally and accompanied with a glass of water. Your doctor may additionally schedule appointments to assess the effectiveness of your medication. Do not miss any appointments that have been scheduled by your doctor.

When should Purinethol /Mercaptopurine not be taken?

Do not take Purinethol if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medication. This medication should not be taken by women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can cause harm to an unborn or nursing child.

What precautions should I follow when taking Purinethol /Mercaptopurine ?

Before taking Purinethol, let your doctor know if you have any type of viral, fungal or bacterial infection or if you have liver or kidney problems.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Purinethol /Mercaptopurine ?

This medication may lower the effectiveness of your immune system; while taking Purinethol, it is best to avoid contact with those who are sick or have infections.

When should Purinethol /Mercaptopurine not be taken?

Severe Side Effects: pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, weakness, muscle pain, flu symptoms; severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, fast

Common Side Effects: changes in skin color; skin rash; hair loss; or mild stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea or loss of appetite.

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